Wednesday, May 29, 2013

{Perfect Mother/Daughter Date}

Addy and I had an all-day mother daughter date in May.  It was one of the those days I hope to remember forever!  By the very end Addy said..."That was the best day ever!" And it really was!

It started as the Activity Days Mother Daughter Temple trip.  Since I'm a leader (and loving it!), I was part of the planning and prep.  We have an amazing group of girls!  We car pooled up to the temple, walked around the grounds, got to see a bride and groom!, took mother daughter pictures and group pictures, passed out roses for each girl and a special bookmark, walked inside the lobby...and to our surprise (on an extremely busy Saturday), the temple president himself requested all the girls to group up so he could speak to them! Such a blessing as he spoke with such power and testimony in an age appropriate way about the importance of the temple and Lord's desire to see his daughters attend the temple one day and marry in the temple...and it will be the best day ever! It was absolutely perfect.

We took some private time for the moms to present a letter to their daughters before meeting up on the the lawn to eat a picnic lunch...and amazingly in the sunshine.  The weather was really questionable and we were praying hard for it to be dry! Another blessing!

A few moms and daughters decided to make the day of our trip up to the temple, so we changed clothes and headed into downtown Seattle for some fun.  Oh my gosh.  It was the best time!

We toured around Pike Place market and saw the flying fish and got freshly made mini donuts.  We let the girls put gum on the gum wall (they absolutely LOVED this...but it was extremely gross in person I must say!).  They each picked out a fresh bouquet of flowers from the farmers market, and we stopped at the cutest cupcake shop for more treats and ice cream.

Next up was the monorail ride to the space needle.  We wondered around the space needle and played in the fountain. The girls found a stage and put on their own 'show'. 

So blessed to count these women as dear friends! 

Oh they just had the best time...we all did! We headed out of Seattle and hit Spaghetti Factory and ended up back home at 10pm completely exhausted and happy from a day well spent together.  It doesn't happen often, but I do love the one on one time with my kids. Seeing Addison with such dear friends living the gospel makes me so happy!  Feeling so blessed!

Friday, May 17, 2013

{Miles 2nd Birthday: Goldfish Party}

Oh little kid party themes are the best!!  What's more perfect for a snack-loving two year old but a party based on one of his faves: goldfish crackers!  Pull in some blue and some orange colors and a fun trip to Hobby Lobby, and it turned out so cute and fun!  

A Goldfish Party!

Of course we had a lot of toddler-loving fish snacks! Who knew that you can by goldfish crackers in chocolate and pretzel flavors?!  Sugar cookies, fruit, fishy candy melts, and my personal favorite...jello fish bowls!! (hello, dollar store!)  It's just blueberry jello with red swedish fish added right before serving.  Perfect personal fish bowl treat!  

Out little guest of honor who totally understood it was HIS party this year! He's just a little bit excited!

Cake was a box mix and my favorite (and forgiving) fluffy white frosting. Easy peasy.

Sneaking snacks while I was trying to take his picture. When you are the birthday boy you can do that.   

 Loved the orange fabric I found at Joann's for a quick square table cloth.  And scrapbook paper and layered plates from Hobby Lobby (My new favorite store.  Love.)  

Addy helped me make these cute orange fish snacks for each place setting.  Healthy and cute!  (Those are candy eyeballs that you can buy in all sizes fun!).  

And the kids are always over the moon about soda in glass bottles.  A major hit and rare treat!

 And the time intensive party prep item was the fishy drawstring favor bags.  After some help from my mom and a few YouTube videos...I just love how they turned out, and they were so worth the effort! The kids stashed all their party favor goods in here during the party.  

 We were so glad that our North Bend cousins could come down for the afternoon and celebrate! It was a gorgeous and warm day in May and the kids could not wait!! No better company than cousins!

We did one little art project. I printed fish bowls onto cardstock and the kids glued various beans for the rock bed at the bottom.  And then I painted their hand for a hand print goldfish.   Turned out adorable.  

 And couldn't have a goldfish party with out a fish pond with fabulous prizes of bubbles, squirt guns, candy, etc.  Thank you to my friend Christie for helping me use her Silhouette to cute out the letters.  Oh man, I really want one of those now!!

The party crew!

And then we played pin the fish on the fish bowl!  

A few presents (these were his favorites...Mickey figurines and a basketball, of course.)  

After a complete outfit change required from being outside in the sprinklers...we almost forgot the cake! So glad we didn't because we sang to him 3 times he loved it so much!


Happy 2nd Birthday Miles!!  What a fun time!

Thursday, May 02, 2013

{Miles Turns 2!}

Oh my heart.  This little one is two!  All the newborn and baby is gone in favor of this lovable, active toddler.  He does circles around me daily, but usually with this sweet smile on his face!

He's so fast, pictures are nearly impossible.  He is all over the place and won't look at the camera for one second willingly, but we managed a few golden 2 year old shots. 

I love this sweet face!

We love this little guy to pieces and the whole family was so excited to celebrate his birthday! It's a big deal when the baby in the family turns two!  

A few things about our little Miles on your 2nd birthday:

  1. You are so active! And by active I mean, crashing into walls, jumping on tables, climbing on the counter, rolling around on the floor, tackling Rylan, doing acrobats in your crib, wrestling with dad, and on and on.  I have to say you are the most BOY of the three boys.
  2. Your favorite toys:  Cars & Trains, Mickey Mouse (stuffed one and figurines), and Basketball.  You are still our backetball, backetball, backetball (yes pronounced that way)...loving baby.  You love shooting in your play hoop and also in the big hoop outside with dad's help.  You'll yell out "Nice shot!" every time you make a basket.  You absolutely loves it.  And you can spot a hoop from a mile a way.  Anytime we pass a hoop or a ball or anything resembling a go berserk   "Mom! Backetball!, Mom! Backetball!"...repeated 20 times.  
  3. As tough as you are, you are my sweet cuddler too.  You'll give loves, slobbery kisses and endless hugs. You'll find me and wrap your little arms around my leg and say "Oh, mom!". You love to be squeezed and tickled and loved on.  
  4. You got weened from the binkie a couple weeks after your birthday.  It was tough!  We did it cold turkey. And it was hard on mom too.  It's the only way to quiet you down sometimes.  You'll melt right into your blankie when the binkie goes in, and it's been a tough adjustment. But when you sneak it out of your bed and start talking with it's time for it to go.  You survived. I survived.  And anytime we ask you "Where'd the binkie go?" ... you'll say "Daddy take." in the saddest voice. Haha, glad Dad got the bad wrap on that one! Thankfully you still have your blankie to comfort you, but you drag that thing around like Linus!
  5. You love nursery at church.  It was a tough battle for about 3 months, but now you go running, full tilt for toys and snacks galore.  You are a handful in there because you've learned to fight for your territory and toys at home with Rylan. So, sharing...not the easiest thing for you.
  6. In fact, as life goes with 2 year olds, you manage some great fits.  I mean, drop to your back and kick and scream type fits. And that's just when you don't get the fishy crackers you want.  I'm trying not to cave at times like this...hoping they won't last forever!
  7. Your favorite foods...cereal!  You love it. You call it "Siri".  And you have 2 bowls at least in the mornings.  You also love pancakes, fruit, string cheese, applesauce, ice cream (you get your own cup at Menchies now), french fries, juice, milk, ....and you know, basically anything sweet: candy, cake, donuts, etc.
  8. You are tall and skinny!  35 inches (74%) and 28 pounds (52%).  I can't keep pants fitting you because you are growing so fast.  Luckily I can almost pass straight down from Rylan to you.  And you love wearing Ry-Ry's clothes and always notice.  You were so proud to get your very first pair of Crocs too...and you don't want to take them off. 
  9. You are a daddy's boy.  Every time the garage door opens, you run, full tilt, screaming "Daddy Home!".  You are his little shadow and always want to "go too" where ever he is headed.  
  10. You love being outside...swing set, basketball, bike name it. You prefer any day to be outside vs. inside.  
  11. You amaze me with your vocabulary! You are non-stop talking all day long. Babbling has turned into full sentences and thoughts, hundreds and hundreds of words.  You'll give the sweetest prayers now too.  I love your sweet voice, but you are just so LOUD too.  It's a good thing to be so energetic, but we are trying to tame the loud-ness a bit for the whole family's sanity.  

Oh we love having this baby boy in our house!  You are a joy, and I can't imagine our family without you!  You are definitely in a tough behavior stage, but I know it's short lived.  You'll reason with me someday.  For now, we just try to adapt and make it through those tough times while enjoying all the toddler fun you provide...and those yummy kisses that melt my heart.  

We love you Miles! Happy 2nd Birthday!!

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